Sonny Fortune Discography

1974 (age 35)

Sonny Fortune Octet

Charles Sullivan, trumpet; Sonny Fortune, alto, soprano sax, flute; Stanley Cowell, electric, acoustic piano; Wayne Dockery, bass; Chip Lyle, drums; Mario Munoz, bass drum, timbales; Angel Allende, congas, triangle, tambourine; Richie Pablo Landrum, cowbell, shakery.
Minot Sound, White Plains, NY, September 8 & 15, 1974
Long Before Our Mothers CriedStrata-East SES-7423
A Tribute To A Holiday (Billie)-
Sound Of Silents-
Five For Trane-
Wayneish-
* Strata-East SES-7423   Sonny Fortune - Long Before Our Mothers Cried

1975

Sonny Fortune Quartet

Sonny Fortune, alto sax; John Hicks, piano; Wayne Dockery, bass; Chip Lyles, drums.
Sound Ideas Studios, NYC, August 28, 1975
For Duke And CannonA&M/Horizon SP-704
* A&M/Horizon SP-704   Sonny Fortune - Awakening

Sonny Fortune Quintet/Sextet

Charles Sullivan, trumpet; Sonny Fortune, alto sax; Kenny Barron, piano; Wayne Dockery, bass; Billy Hart, drums.
Sound Ideas Studios, NYC, September 8, 1975
Triple ThreatA&M/Horizon SP-704
Charles Sullivan, trumpet; Sonny Fortune, alto sax, cowbell, chimes, small percussion; Kenny Barron, piano; Reggie Workman, bass; Billy Hart, drums; Angel Allende, congas, percussion.
Nommo-
Charles Sullivan, flugelhorn; Sonny Fortune, flute, shakers, small percussion; Kenny Barron, Fender Rhodes electric piano; Wayne Dockery, bass; Billy Hart, drums; Angel Allende, congas, percussion.
Awakening-
* A&M/Horizon SP-704   Sonny Fortune - Awakening

Sonny Fortune Quartet

Sonny Fortune, alto sax, flute, claves, shakers; Kenny Barron, piano; Wayne Dockery, bass; Billy Hart, drums.
Sound Ideas Studios, NYC, September 9, 1975
SunshowerA&M/Horizon SP-704
* A&M/Horizon SP-704   Sonny Fortune - Awakening

1976

Sonny Fortune and others

Sonny Fortune, alto, soprano sax, flute; and others.
Mediasound, NYC, February 22, 1976
35294Untitled OriginalAtlantic unissued

Sonny Fortune Sextet/Quartet

Charles Sullivan, trumpet; Sonny Fortune, soprano sax, tambourine, shakers, handclaps; Michael Cochrane, piano; Buster Williams, bass; Chip Lyle, drums; Angel Allende, conga shell.
Generation Sound Studios, NYC, March 22, 1976
Seeing Beyond The ObviousA&M/Horizon SP-711
Sonny Fortune, alto sax; Michael Cochrane, piano; Buster Williams, bass; Chip Lyle, drums.
A Space In Time-
* A&M/Horizon SP-711   Sonny Fortune - Waves Of Dreams

Sonny Fortune Septet/Sextet

Charles Sullivan, trumpet; Sonny Fortune, alto sax, shakers, Ocean; Michael Cochrane, Fender Rhodes electric piano; Buster Williams, bass; Chip Lyle, drums; Angel Allende, triangle; + Clifford Coulter, Minimoog synthesizer.
Generation Sound Studios, NYC, March 23, 1976
In Waves Of DreamsA&M/Horizon SP-711
Charles Sullivan, flugelhorn; Sonny Fortune, flute, triangle, claves; Michael Cochrane, Fender Rhodes electric piano; Buster Williams, bass; Chip Lyle, drums; Angel Allende, bombo.
Revelation-
Charles Sullivan, trumpet; Sonny Fortune, alto sax, claves, Minimoog synthesizer; Michael Cochrane, Fender Rhodes electric piano; Buster Williams, bass; Chip Lyle, drums; Angel Allende, congas; + Clifford Coulter, Minimoog synthesizer, ARP Odyssey synthesizer.
Thoughts-
* A&M/Horizon SP-711   Sonny Fortune - Waves Of Dreams

1977

Sonny Fortune Sextet

Sonny Fortune, flute, alto flute; Kenny Barron, Fender Rhodes electric piano; Gary King, electric bass; Jack DeJohnette, drums; Sammy Figueroa, congas, bongos; Rafael Cruz, percussion.
Generation Sound Studios, NYC, April 6, 1977
33798BacchanalAtlantic SD 18225
Sonny Fortune, alto sax, flute; Kenny Barron, Fender Rhodes electric piano; Gary King, electric bass; Jack DeJohnette, drums; Sammy Figueroa, congas; Rafael Cruz, percussion.
33801Not All Dreams Are Real-
* Atlantic SD 18225   Sonny Fortune - Serengeti Minstrel

Sonny Fortune Septet

Sonny Fortune, soprano sax, piccolo, flute, alto flute; Kenny Barron, Fender Rhodes electric piano; Gary King, electric bass; Horacee Arnold, drums, celeste, bass marimba, gong, handclaps; Sammy Figueroa, congas; Jack DeJohnette, handclaps; Rafael Cruz, percussion.
Generation Sound Studios, NYC, April 6 & 7, 1977
33803Serengeti MinstrelAtlantic SD 18225
* Atlantic SD 18225   Sonny Fortune - Serengeti Minstrel

Sonny Fortune Septet

Woody Shaw, cornet; Sonny Fortune, alto sax, handclaps; Kenny Barron, Fender Rhodes electric piano; Gary King, electric bass; Jack DeJohnette, drums; Sammy Figueroa, congas; Rafael Cruz, percussion.
Generation Sound Studios, NYC, April 7, 1977
33799The Afro-AmericansAtlantic SD 18225
Woody Shaw, flugelhorn; Sonny Fortune, soprano sax; Kenny Barron, Fender Rhodes electric piano; Gary King, electric bass; Jack DeJohnette, drums; Sammy Figueroa, congas, whistle; Rafael Cruz, cuica, percussion.
33800There's Nothing Smart About Being Stupid-
* Atlantic SD 18225   Sonny Fortune - Serengeti Minstrel

Sonny Fortune Duo

Sonny Fortune, flute; Jack Wilkins, electric guitar.
Generation Sound Studios, NYC, April 8, 1977
33802Never Again Is Such A Long TimeAtlantic SD 18225
* Atlantic SD 18225   Sonny Fortune - Serengeti Minstrel

1978

Sonny Fortune's Group

Tom Browne, trumpet; Sonny Fortune, soprano, alto sax, flute; Larry Willis, acoustic piano, Fender Rhodes; Allan Zavod, organ, synthesizer; Ray Gomez, rhythm guitar, lead guitar; Anthony Jackson, bass; Mark Egan, solo bass #2; Steve Jordan, drums; Sammy Figueroa, congas; Rafael Cruz, percussion.
Mediasound, NYC;
additional recording: Atlantic Studios, NYC, released 1978
1.Turning It OverAtlantic SD 19187
2.A Ballad For The Times-
3.This Side Of Infinity-
4.Perihelion-
5.The Blues Are Green-
6.Samba Touch-
7.Make Up-
* Atlantic SD 19187   Sonny Fortune - Infinity Is

1979 (age 40)

Sonny Fortune's Group

Sonny Fortune, soprano, alto sax, flute; Larry Willis, keyboards; Ray Gomez, rhythm guitar, lead guitar; Willie Weeks, bass; Mark Egan, bass #4,5; Steve Jordan, drums; Sammy Figueroa, congas, percussion #3,6; Raphael Cruz, percussion; Manolo Bachena, percussion #2.
Atlantic Studios, NYC, released 1979
1.Igbob's ShuffleAtlantic SD 19239
2.Boy From Witbank-
3.Francisco-
4.Come In Out Of The Rain-
5.Georgiana-
6.Loneliness Returns-
7.Afortunado-
* Atlantic SD 19239   Sonny Fortune - With Sound Reason

1980

Sonny Fortune Quartet

Sonny Fortune, alto, soprano sax, flute; Charles Eubanks, piano; Ben Brown, bass; Ronnie Burrage, drums.
"e.j.'s", Atlanta, GA, June, 1980
DiaboloLive At e.j.'s (Portuguese) JLR 103.613
Big Bop Shuffle-
Turning It Over-
Come In, Come Out Of The Rain-
Sunshower-
same session.
Paravillion-
Invitation-
Sound Of Sounds-
Caravan-
* Live At e.j.'s (Portuguese) JLR 103.613   Sonny Fortune Quartet - Sound Of Sounds

1984

Sonny Fortune Quartet/Quintet

Sonny Fortune, alto sax, flute; Kenny Barron, piano; Cecil McBee, bass; Billy Hart, drums; Steve Berrios, percussion #4-6.
January & February, 1984
1.It's A BirdKonnex Records (G) KCD 5030
2.Mind Games-
3.Laying It Down-
4.Tribute To A Holiday-
5.Real Knowing-
6.From Now On-
* Konnex Records (G) KCD 5030   Sonny Fortune - Laying It Down

1986

Sonny Fortune Quintet

Sonny Fortune, alto sax; Billy Harper, tenor sax; Stanley Cowell, piano; Reggie Workman, bass; Billy Hart, drums.
Sysmo Studio, Paris, France, July 7, 1986
Cal MasseyBlack And Blue (F) 233220
It Is Not True, Simply Because You Cannot Believe It-
Thoughts-
Equipoise-
Synapse-
East Harlem Nostalgia-
Insight-
Awakening-
* Black And Blue (F) 233220; Evidence ECD 22225-2   Sonny Fortune, Billy Harper, Stanley Cowell, Reggie Workman, Billy Hart - Great Friends

1987

Sonny Fortune Quartet

Sonny Fortune, alto sax, flute; Renee Rosnes, piano; Kenny Davis, bass; Ronnie Burrage, drums.
October, 1987
It's A BirdWhyNot (J) 32ED-5031
Space In Time-
JAMF-
5/4 Train-
Invitation-
Real Knowing-
Mr. P.C.-
* WhyNot (J) 32ED-5031, MTCJ-2013, (US) 79420   Sonny Fortune - Invitation

1991 (age 52)

Sonny Fortune Quartet

Sonny Fortune, alto sax, flute; Mulgrew Miller, piano; Santi DeBriano, bass; Billy Hart, drums.
Baby Monster Studio, NYC, December, 1991
Pent Up HouseKonnex Records (G) KCD 5030
Blue And Green-
same session.
It Ain't What It WasKonnex Records (G) KCD 5033
Gentle Rain-
Wayne-Ish-
Lush Life-
Straight Street-
With Sound Reason-
A Swing Touch-
* Konnex Records (G) KCD 5030   Sonny Fortune - Laying It Down
* Konnex Records (G) KCD 5033   Sonny Fortune - It Ain't What It Was

1993

Sonny Fortune Quartet

Sonny Fortune, alto sax; Kirk Lightsey, piano; David Williams, bass; Joe Chambers, drums.
Baby Monster Studio, NYC, January 25 & 26, 1993
Little Rootie TootieKonnex Records (G) KCD 5048
Nutty-
Monk's Mood-
In Walked Bud-
Misterioso-
I Mean You-
Ruby, My Dear-
Off Minor-
* Konnex Records (G) KCD 5048   Sonny Fortune - Monk's Mood

1994

Sonny Fortune Quartet/Duo/Trio

Sonny Fortune, alto sax #1-7,9,10, flute #8; Kirk Lightsey, piano #1-7,9; Buster Williams, bass #1,2,4-7,9; Santi Debriano, bass #8,10; Billy Hart, drums #1,2,4-7,9; Ronnie Burrage, drums #10.
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, January 17, 18 & 27, 1994
1.Four In OneBlue Note CDP 7243 8 28243 2 9
2.Criss Cross-
3.Reflections-
4.Monk's Dream-
5.Hornin' In-
6.Coming On The Hudson-
7.Trinkle Tinkle-
8.Pannonica-
9.Hackensack-
10.Ask Me Now-
* Blue Note CDP 7243 8 28243 2 9   Sonny Fortune - Four In One

1995

Sonny Fortune Quartet/Septet/Trio/Sextet

Jerry Gonzalez, flugelhorn #3, trumpet #7, trumpet, congas #9; Robin Eubanks, trombone #3,7,9; Sonny Fortune, soprano sax, flute #1, alto sax #2,4,6-8, alto flute #3, flute #5, soprano sax #9; Kenny Barron, piano; Wayne Dockery, bass; Ronnie Burrage, drums #1,9; Billy Hart, drums #2-4,6-8; Steve Berrios, percussion #3,9.
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, February 20 & 21, 1995
1.Mind GamesBlue Note CDP 7243 8 32799 2 0
2.Laying It Down-
3.Awakening-
4.A Swing Touch-
5.Never Again Is Such A Long Time-
6.It Ain't What It Was-
7.It's A Bird-
8.Tribute To A Holiday-
9.Long Before Our Mothers Cried-
* Blue Note CDP 7243 8 32799 2 0   Sonny Fortune - A Better Understanding

1996

Sonny Fortune Sextet/Quartet/Quintet/Septet

Eddie Henderson, trumpet #1,3,8; Sonny Fortune, alto sax; Joe Lovano, tenor sax #1,6,8; John Hicks, piano; Santi Debriano, bass; Jeff "Train" Watts, drums; Steve Berrios, percussion #3,8.
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, March 11 & 12, 1996
1.Glue FingersBlue Note CDP 7243 8 38098 2 0
2.This Side Of Infinity-
3.From Now On-
4.Come In Out Of The Rain-
5.Suspension-
6.On Second And Fifth-
7.Gift Of Love-
8.Thoughts-
* Blue Note CDP 7243 8 38098 2 0   Sonny Fortune - From Now On

1999 (age 60)

Sonny Fortune Quartet +

Sonny Fortune, soprano, alto, tenor sax; John Hicks, piano; Santi Debriano, bass; Ronnie Burrage, drums; with Reggie Workman, bass #9; Rashied Ali, drums #9; Steve Berrios, Julio Collazo, bata drum #7.
Sorcerer Sound, NYC, July 9 & 10, 1999
1.Trane And ThingsPaddle Wheel (J) KICJ-377
2.Hangin' Out With JC-
3.Africa-
4.In The Spirit-
5.Mr. Jones-
6.Hangin' Out With JC Again-
7.Ole-
8.Say What-
9.For John-
* Paddle Wheel (J) KICJ-377; Shanachie (E) SHANCD5063   Sonny Fortune - In The Spirit Of John Coltrane

2003

Sonny Fortune Quintet

Sonny Fortune, alto, soprano, tenor sax, alto flute; George Cables, piano; Wayne Dockery, bass; Steve Johns, drums; Steve Berrios, congas.
NYC, June 23, 2003
Trane And ThingsSound Reason SRSF001
Wayne-Ish-
Delilah-
Sound's Silent-
A Space In Time-
Continuum-
Mongo Blue-
Five Four Trane-
Nature Boy-
* Sound Reason SRSF001   Sonny Fortune - Continuum

2005

Matthias Batzel Trio With Sonny Fortune

Matthias Batzel, Hammond B-3 organ; Karl Schloz, guitar; Ernst Bier, drums; with Sonny Fortune, alto sax, flute, percussion.
"A-Trane", Berlin, Germany, July 15 & 16, 2005
From Now OnKonnex Records (G) KCD 5174
Waynish-
Delilah-
Sunshower-
Hangin' Out With J.C.-
* Konnex Records (G) KCD 5174   Ernst Bier, Matthias Batzel, Karl Schloz With Sonny Fortune - Live At The A-Trane

2006

Sonny Fortune Quartet

Sonny Fortune, alto, soprano sax, flute; George Cables, piano; Chip Jackson, bass; Steve Johns, drums.
Showplace Studios, Dover, NJ, December 18, 19 & 20, 2006
Sweet Georgia Brown18th & Vine 18V1053
You And The Night And The Music-
Charade-
'Round Midnight-
Besame Mucho-
Love Song-
The End Of A Love Affair-
For Duke And Cannon-
BeBop-
* 18th & Vine 18V1053   Sonny Fortune - You And The Night And The Music

2009 (age 70)

Sonny Fortune Quartet

Sonny Fortune, alto, soprano sax, flute; Michael Cochrane, piano; David Williams, bass; Steve Johns, drums.
"Sweet Rhythm", NYC, September 12, 2009
It Ain't What It WasSound Reason 884501242455
The Blues Are Green-
Never Again Is Such A Long Time-
In Waves Of Dreams-
A Tribute To A Holiday-
The Joneses-
Laying It Down-
* Sound Reason 884501242455   Sonny Fortune - Last Night At Sweet Rhythm